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Sloan Science & Film Shorts: Afronauts and Into the Void

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2023 at 5:30 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Two short films on the topic of astronomy and outer space, both based on true events–Nuotama Bodomo’s acclaimed Afronauts and Yossera Bouchtia’s Into the Void–will be followed by a brief presentation about the Sloan Science & Film Teacher’s Guide, a free resource that makes these and over 60 more short films available for STEM learning.

Followed at 6:30 p.m. by a preview screening of National Geographic’s forthcoming documentary The Space Race, which tells the little-known stories of the first Black pilots, engineers, and scientists to become astronauts. With directors Lisa Cortés and Diego Hurtado de Mendoza in person.

Attendees are welcome at one or both programs.

Free with RSVP.

For more information and to RSVP for The Space Race, click here.

About the shorts:

Dir. Nuotama Bodomo. 2014. 14 mins. With Diandra Forrest, Yolonda Ross, and Hoji Fortuna. It is July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon. Inspired by true events.

Into the Void
Dir. Yossera Bouchtia. 2019. 20 mins. With Emily Hooper, Abigail Ludrof. A biopic drama set in 1950s New York, Into the Void follows astronomer, wife, and young mother Vera Rubin as she prepares to present her groundbreaking research, only to discover a prejudice that runs much deeper than she thought.